Program Specialist, Economic Justice Program

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 03

Position description

Program Specialist, Economic Justice Program. London. Posting Date: 07/02/2019. Deadline: 08/19/2019

Program Specialist - Economic Justice Program

The Economic Justice Program is seeking a Program Specialist to work on economic justice issues, focused on a Shared Future Economy, with the possibility of assuming new areas of focus in 2020.

The Open Society Foundations' Economic Justice Program launched in 2019, works to challenge economic systems and practices to advance equity, accountability and democracy. This program brings together the work of the Economic Advancement Program and the Fiscal Governance Program, and focuses on promoting equity, openness, and accountability in fiscal and economic systems around the world. The way we work is making grants, investment and advocating for ways to bend the exercise of economic power to deliver economic rights and social justice.

Job Profile

The Program Specialist is at the forefront of our grant making activities, helping plan and execute grant-related deliverables including grant recommendations, strategy documents, and organizational assessments. Program Specialists also develop relationships with our partners in the field and provide crucial programmatic support to our Program Officers. Contributions include the identification of high potential new partners, the design of grants, shepherding grants through the internal processes, and the assessment of grants and portfolios. Program Specialists may also take the lead on projects or issues - such as research initiatives, convening's, or advocacy efforts - as assigned. This leads to a fast-paced role, requiring flexibility to move between different tasks and getting to understand new topics.

Typical duties and responsibilities include the following :

  • Supporting programmatic efforts by conducting a wide range of activities related to the grant making process and/or analytical work in support of field development, advocacy, regional consultations, and integrative activities;
  • Conducting research and synthesizing information to be used in decision-making, strategy development, and evaluation of the grants portfolio or other program processes;
  • Designing and carrying-out field scans and ongoing field monitoring in the areas of economic justice as well as working together with the other program specialist to advance learning approaches in the various areas of the program;
  • Analyzing grant proposals (including budget analysis), designing grants (type of support, degree of flexibility, duration, payment structure, reporting/learning expectations, etc.), drafting grant recommendations and all necessary data entry;
  • Partnering closely with program administration specialist to manage grantees and schedule meetings, to ensure efficient flow of grants processing, payments, reporting and other similar information. This includes managing and maintaining a schedule of the program's eligibility assessment process and actively working with program officers to ensure compliance with OSF internal policy/guidance;
  • Developing project concepts, agenda, key players, etc. for convenings, research initiatives, and advocacy efforts; and
  • Contributing to assessment of organizations. This includes primary responsibility for the assessment of organizational finances and budgets (including grant budgets) as well as drafting of the first version of the assessment based on input, judgments and guidance of program officers.


Candidate Profile

  • Substantial yeasr of experience working with economic or social justice issues; Knowledge of work on either worker ownership or social protection preferred;
  • Experience implementing systems in philanthropic organizations and/or not-for-profits preferred;
  • Proven ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment; to troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, consistently on schedule, without loss of attention to detail and budget;
  • Adaptability and ability to work in conditions of change and ambiguity, and to stretch oneself to adopt new skills which respond to changing circumstances and challenges;
  • Critical eye for detail in reviewing documentation, creating documents and inputting data into the grant management system;
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects across the team, and ability to prioritize tasks.


A resume and cover letter are required for all applications.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
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